Register for Siena College's Math Camp
Siena College is offering a week-long Math Camp this summer for students in grades 9-11. A typical day includes two lectures in topics such as geometry, combinatorics and number theory, a problem-solving session, and a games-and-puzzles session, all guided by Siena's own math professors. Click here to learn more…. Posted 4/1/14.
Both Tamarac Teams Advance to Odyssey of the Mind World Competition
Both Tamarac teams came in first place at the Odyssey of the Mind State Competition held in Binghamton, NY this weekend. The teams now advance to the World Tournament at the University of Iowa, May 28-31. Tamarac competed in the Driver's Test Div I competition and Seeing is Believing Div II competition. Congratulations teams, we are proud of you! Posted 4/14/14.
Tennyson Selected for Summer Science Research Institute
Tamarac Middle School science teacher, Becky Tennyson, has been selected to participate in a pilot program from Questar III BOCES called Summer Science Research Institute. Tennyson is one of five participants who were chosen for the competitive program. The two year commitment, pairs each participant with a local scientist to participate in hands-on scientific research for seven weeks. One day each week, the participants will work on professional development, creating lessons based on their research to use in the classroom. “I am really excited that I have been given this opportunity,” said Tennyson. “I am looking forward to bringing my hands-on research experiences back to my classroom." Congratulations and good luck this summer! Posted 4/11/14.
Erickson and Henderson Featured in Troy Record
Tamarac seniors Jenna Erickson and Adiya Henderson are featured in today’s Troy Record. Erickson has been named the Small School Player of the Year in girls’ basketball. Click here to read the article… Henderson was named to the All-Area Small School Girls’ Basketball Team. Click here to read the article… Congratulations to both of them! Posted 4/11/14.
Coasters for a Cause Fundraiser
The Choralaires are sponsoring a Great Escape fundraiser. Tickets are $26 and are valid for one day out of the following dates: May 22 - 26, May 29 - June 1, June 5 - 8 and June 11 - 22. That's a savings of $28.99 off the regular gate price! Anyone can order tickets so tell your friends, relatives and neighbors. Tickets can be purchased using the order form or emailing Ann Kolakowski. Deadline for orders is Friday, June 4. Posted 4/8/14.
Second Grade Class Creates Song For Local Radio Station
Tamarac Elementary students in Mrs. Quackenbush’s second grade class recorded a song for local radio station WGNA 107.7. The students developed the song with WGNA DJ Richie Phillips. They did a great job creating patriotic lyrics and had their song played on the radio! Click here to read more and hear their song! Posted 4/8/14.
Tamarac Students Medal at Russian Olympiad
Nineteen Tamarac students in grades 8, 9, 10 and 12 traveled to the University at Albany to compete in the New York State Olympiad of Spoken Russian. Tamarac competed against other schools from New York State and brought home 15 silver medals, two bronze medals and two honorable mentions! Tamarac senior, Carissa Seror, placed second in New York State at the highest level 5. The New York Competition is part of a nation-wide program sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian. Congratulations to our students on a job well done! Posted 4/4/14.
Notice to Parents About Children Going Home Sick
Notice to parents: Over the past few days, many of our elementary students have been staying home or going home early due to being sick. If your child shows signs of being sick, we encourage you to also keep them home. We also ask that you remind them to wash their hands during and after school. We will continue to monitor the situation and as always, we take all precautions to stop the spread of germs. If you have any questions, please call School Nurse Jamie Baksa at 279-4600 ext. 2012. Thank you for your help! Posted 4/3/14.
Four Tamarac Students Receive YMCA Outstanding Student Award
Four Tamarac students were recipients of the Capital District YMCA Outstanding Student Awards. The recipients from high schools in Rensselaer County were honored at a ceremony at Hudson Valley Community College. The awards were given to students who embrace the core values of the YMCA: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. The Tamarac students who were recognized are seniors Jacob Houser and Paige McDonough and juniors Shanaya Bulmer and LeeAnn Owens. LeeAnn Owens earned the overall Outstanding Student Award for all of Rensselaer County. Superintendent Dr. Angelina Bergin, Secondary School Principal Mr. Richard Pogue and school counselor Mrs. Trish Poupore attended the ceremony with the students. “We are proud of our students’ accomplishments and glad they are being recognized for their hard work,” said Pogue. “LeeAnn is an impressive young lady and more than deserving of her awards.” Posted 4/3/14.
University and Elementary Students Work Together
Tamarac Elementary students have been working with college students from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to learn about environmental problems and environmental sustainability. The RPI students, along with RPI Professor Kim Fortun, come from a variety of majors and work with students in Sanada Bailey's and Ira Share’s first grade classrooms and Diane Seaver’s third grade classroom. Click here to read more! Posted 4/2/14.
Career Expo 2014- Wednesday, May 7 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
For students in grades 8-10: If you are interested in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, visit Career Expo 2014, on Wednesday, May 7th, from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy. This is a free event for students, parents, and educators, with exhibitors from a variety of careers including health care, engineering, video game design, green technologies, veterinarian, biochemistry, construction and mechanical technology. Click here to learn more about Career Expo 2014! Posted 4/1/14.
High School Counseling Center's April Newsletter Now Available
Check out the Counseling Center's April newsletter! The newsletter provides information about financial aid workshops, Career Expo 2014 and more. Click here for the newsletter... Posted 4/1/14.
Two Students Elected to Key Club's New York State Board
Two Tamarac students were elected to be on Key Club's New York State Board!
Jacob Spencer, a junior at Tamarac, was elected as the New York State District Governor. This is the first time a Tamarac Student has been elected to this high of an office. He will be responsible for the overall operations of the New York State District Board: training district officers, appointing committees and communicating district needs and requests to the international board. Click here to read more... Posted 4/1/14.
Midnight Mirrors Accepting Formalwear Donations
The Tamarac High School Student Senate has organized a room for students in need to borrow formalwear for school events such as prom, eighth grade dinner dance and homecoming. Donations of clean and gently used long and short dresses, menswear such as suit jackets, sport coats, dress shirts, pants, shoes and ties are all appreciated. Jewelry, handbags and wraps are also accepted. Donations can be dropped off to Colleen Phibbs at the front desk. Please contact Mary Gilpatrick with any questions. Thank you for your support! Posted 3/28/14.
Congratulations to the February Students of the Month
Congratulations to Shea Butler, Sage Perkins, Jacob Barbera, Timothy Bridegroom, Isabella Realbuto, Nathaniel LaPlante, Ella Batto and Daniel Smith who were recognized as students of the month for February. The awards, which are read over the morning announcements, are part of the Middle School’s Character Education program to recognize students in front of their peers. “Responsibility was the character education theme for February,” said Assistant Principal Chris Rockwell. “These students exemplified what it means to be responsible and we are proud to recognize them!” Posted 3/25/14.
BOE Filing Deadline- Monday, April 21 by 5 p.m.
Individuals interested in running for the Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD Board of Education must file a petition by the filing deadline, Monday, April 21 by 5:00 p.m. There will be three open Board seats on the May 20 ballot. To download a petition and learn more about running for the Board, please click here... For questions, please contact the Superintendent’s Office at 279-4600, x2602.Posted 3/20/14.
Two Teams Advance to Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament
Five teams represented Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD this year in the Region 4 Odyssey of the Mind Tournament held on Saturday, March 8 at the Rensselaer City School District. Two Division II teams (Middle School), two Division I teams (Grades 3-5) and a primary team (grades K-2), which was coached largely by middle school student, Kora Fortun, excelled at the competition with two of the teams winning first place. The first place winners will go on to compete in the state tournament on Saturday, April 12 at Binghamton State University. Winners at the state tournament advance to the World Tournament at the University of Iowa, May 28-31. Click here to see the results... Posted 3/12/14.
Jazz Band Performs at NYSSBA Capital Conference
The Tamarac High School Jazz Band performed for the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) at their Capital Conference held in Albany. School board members from across the state were entertained by the jazz band’s performance including Brunswick BOE members Matt Wade and Leah Wertz. Great job! Posted 3/10/14.
District Receives Positive Fiscal Report From State Comptroller
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released a Fiscal Stress Monitoring System report for the Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District and public schools statewide. The System, a tool to identify school districts experiencing fiscal stress, has the goal of informing both school leaders and taxpayers of the economic and budgetary challenges facing their district so that actions can be taken when appropriate to avoid a fiscal crisis. Click here to read more... Posted 3/7/14.
Superintendent Dr. Bergin Lobbies for Education
Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD Superintendent Dr. Angelina Bergin participated in the Winter Institute and Lobby Day held by the New York State Council of School Superintendents (The Council). The Winter Institute and Lobby Day offered keynote addresses by national experts in the fields of leadership, education and related areas; opportunities for members to share best practices with colleagues through smaller educational sessions; an interactive discussion with the Commissioner of Education about New York State issues and initiatives; and networking for support and collegiality among members through social interaction, group discussions, meetings and workshops. Click here to read more... Posted 3/6/14.
Lady Bengals Advance to Quarterfinals
The Lady Bengals defeated Canton on Tuesday night with a score of 65-52. Tamarac now advances to the state quarterfinals and will face Saranac on Saturday, March 8 at 12 p.m. at SUNY Plattsburgh. Admission is $8.00 per person. Good Luck, ladies! Click here to read the Troy Record article... Posted 3/5/14.
Students Hold Science Showcase for Board of Education Members
A group of students in grades 3-8 held a science showcase at the January Brunswick Board of Education meeting. The students presented numerous displays and interactive activities to the board members covering topics such as buoyancy, a scale model of the solar system and chromatography of spinach. Students in AP Environmental Science, Advanced Biology and Living Environment also had a table displaying their work and lab assignments. The young scientists enjoyed the opportunity to teach the board members what they have learned in class and the Science Review team gave the board members an overview of the K-12 science program.“They were excited because they had knowledge to offer the adults,” said Lori Hamm, the K-5 program support leader. Brunswick (Brittonkill) BOE President Matt Wade was happy to have the students present their science experiences.“As an engineer, it’s great to see our kids doing real-world experiments that, if we’re lucky, will tip the domino that builds a life-long love of and interest in science,” said Wade. Click here for photo album... Posted 3/4/14.
High School Counseling Center's March Newsletter is Now Available
Check out the Counseling Center's March newsletter! The newsletter lists numerous scholarship opportunities- many that are due in the beginning of March! Click here for the newsletter... Posted 2/28/14.
Dr. Bergin Pens Letter to Governor Cuomo on Behalf of District
Superintendent Dr. Angelina Bergin recently wrote a letter to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on behalf of the Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD and community. She called on Governor Cuomo to restore funding to schools and protect them from underfunded mandates. Click here to read the letter…. Posted 2/24/14.
New School Insurance No Longer Allows Student Microwave Use
Microwave use is now prohibited for students at Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District. Due to the hazards associated with the use of microwave ovens in cafeteria settings by students, the district’s insurance carrier will no longer allow students to use microwaves in the building. The microwaves formerly in the middle school and high school cafeteria will be removed over winter break. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Posted 2/21/14.
Second Quarter Honor Rolls Announced
The second quarter honor rolls for Tamarac Middle School and High School have been announced. Click here to see Tamarac Middle School Honor and High Honor Roll. Click here to see the Tamarac High School Honor Roll. Posted 2/19/14.
Grace Morton Represents Tamarac at Regional Spelling Bee
Eighth grader Grace Morton did a wonderful job at the Regional Spelling Bee held at Proctor’s Theater. Competing against 115 students, Grace made it to the 5th round with only 23 other students remaining in the competition. Congratulations, Grace! Posted 2/18/14.
Sophomore Varsity Wrestler Records 100th Win
Varsity wrestler, Logan Brunick, recorded his 100th varsity win for Tamarac on January 21. The sophomore student has wrestled at the varsity level since seventh grade and has reached 100 wins faster than anyone in school history. Logan is currently seeded 1st in the Class C sectional tournament which is a state qualifier tournament.
Brunick’s coach, Erick Roadcap, is proud of Logan’s accomplishment. Only a few others have recorded a hundred wins.“ He is the most dedicated wrestler I have ever coached,” said Roadcap. Posted 2/17/14.
Congratulations to the January Students of the Month
Congratulations to Gabriella Cellucci, MacKenzie Campbell, Jacob Danaher, Michael Gendron, Meghan Irish, Nadia Rockwell, Stephen Kneer, Mason Sheffer, Maria Kelley and Evan Petersen who were recognized as students of the month for January. The awards, which are read over the morning announcements, are part of the Middle School’s Character Education program to recognize students in front of their peers. “Trustworthiness was the character education theme for January,” said Assistant Principal Chris Rockwell. “These students showed how trustworthiness is an important characteristic for all ages and we are very proud of them.” Posted 2/17/14.
RPI Research Group Open to Students in Grades 8-10
Students in grades 8-10 are invited to join a research group focused on the wastewater treatment plant on the Tamarac campus, learning about the history, biology, chemistry, socioeconomic and legal factors involved in its creation and upkeep. The research group will be led by RPI Environmental Engineering senior Kelley Fischbach, directed by Professor Kim Fortun, working closely with Tamarac’s Building and Grounds Supervisor Neil Haley. Results of the research will be presented to Tamarac’s Board of Education (BOE), to interested classes and at RPI’s Earth Week Festival in April. If you are interested, contact Kim Fortun. Click here to read more.... Posted 2/13/14.
Comedians Work With Students to Develop Character Education Skits
Two improv comedians from the Mop & Bucket Company held workshops for eighth grade students to develop skits portraying “character education situations.” The workshop surrounded the character education theme for January, trustworthiness. Students participated in games and activities in which they needed to trust their classmates, as well as themselves. Each class learned a "performance game" and demonstrated their newly learned improv skills to the sixth and seventh grade classes at an assembly. It was a creative and fun way to teach trustworthiness and a unique way to ask students to step outside of their comfort zone, have fun and try something new. Click here for photos... Posted 2/13/14.
Murray Featured in National Guard Magazine for His Exceptional Eagle Scout Project
Tamarac senior Matt Murray was featured in the National Guard magazine “GX: The Guard Experience.” The two-page spread applauds Matt’s Eagle Scout project which gave veteran soldiers a chance to spend a stress free, fun-filled day with their teenage children at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. Murray began working on his Eagle Scout project when he was 14 years old. After seeing his friends struggle with their parents’ deployment, Matt knew he wanted to give back to those who serve our country. So began Operation P.A.T.H. (Parents and Teens Hanging). Click here to read more....... Posted 2/13/14.
Two Students Win Logo Contests
Congratulations to Tamarac students Sarah Harris and Diana Lang who both won logo contests! Senior Diana Lang’s logo was chosen as the winner of the Grafton Trail Blazers Logo Contest. Diana was awarded a $100 prize and the art department was awarded an additional $150. Sophomore Sarah Harris designed the winning logo for this year’s Rensselaer County Schools Music Association. She was awarded a $50 prize and her winning logo will be on their t-shirts. Great job, Diana and Sarah! Click here to see the photos.... Posted 2/11/14.
Brunswick CSD Seeks Census Information for Incoming Kindergarteners
Are you the parent of a child who will be eligible to attend kindergarten at Tamarac Elementary School next year?
Brunswick Central School District asks that you fill out a kindergarten census form so we can adequately plan for staffing and space consideration for the 2014-2015 school year. Parents of children who will be 5 years old on or before December 1, 2014 can fill out the survey online by clicking here. Or you can request a Kindergarten Registration Survey form by calling the Registrar’s Office.
We are now accepting tuition paying, non-residents applications. If you are interested please visit our website or call the Registrar’s Office at (518) 279-4600 ext. 2006. Posted 2/6/14.
Jenna Erickson Surpasses School Scoring Record with 1,452 Points
Tamarac senior and girls’ varsity basketball player, Jenna Erickson, surpassed the school scoring record during Saturday’s game against Shenendehowa. Currently she has scored 1,452 points with two more league games and post season play ahead of her. The previous scoring record was held by Pam Gleason, Class of 1987, who scored a total of 1,447 points during her high school career at Tamarac. Girls’ varsity basketball coach, Eric Medved, is proud of Jenna for her leadership and dedication. "Jenna's record is a testament to her hard work and commitment to the game. She has helped the team secure two straight league championships ending a 26-year drought,” said Medved. “She is a complete player leading the team in not just scoring, but assists and steals, as well. Congratulations to one of the greatest players to ever wear the Bengals uniform." Erickson was also honored as a News Channel 13 All-Star. The feature ran with playing highlights and an interview with Rodger Wyland from "Big Board Sports." Click here for the interview. Great job, Jenna! Posted 2/6/14.
Brittonkill School Board President Urges U.S. Congress to Make Education a Top Priority
Matt Wade, President of the Brunswick (Brittonkill) School District Board of Education, joined more than 750 school board and state school boards association leaders in Washington D.C. to advocate for strong public schools for all students. His attendance was part of his new role on the Board of Directors of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and was was at no cost to the district. Wade represents school districts in Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties. Click here to read more... Posted 2/6/14.
GEA Costs Brunswick CSD $1,067,707 in State Aid Under Governor's Budget
Gov. Andrew Cuomo continued the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) cuts to school aid funding for a fifth straight year in his executive budget he presented on Jan. 21. For Brunswick, the GEA cut to school aid funding totals $1,067,707 for next school year. While Gov. Cuomo claims he increases school aid funding each year, he continues the GEA cuts which were started five years ago by Gov. David Paterson. The GEA was intended as a one-year cut to school aid to end the state’s deficit. While Gov. Cuomo projects a surplus next year, he continues the GEA cuts to school funding. Brunswick would receive $871,106 less in state aid than it did five years ago under Gov. Cuomo’s proposed budget. To learn how you can join parents and students from around the region to continue the momentum to end the GEA, click here to read about an educational event with state legislators at Colonie Central High School on Jan. 30. Posted 1/22/14.
Students Create Environmentally Friendly Art
Author and textile artist Cheryl Gorn recently spoke to AP Environmental Science and advanced biology classes about how clothes are made and the amount of waste produced from mass production. Gorn explained the negative impacts that “fast fashion” has on the environment and the poor working conditions often associated with mass produced fashion.
After the presentation, students completed a textile art project. Students painted a nature themed picture onto silk which will be made into a pillow filled with recycled material. Students can keep the environmentally friendly project and bring it with them to college so they will always have a piece of Brunswick with them! Posted 1/21/14.
New Elementary Cook Participates in Dessert Competition
Tamarac Elementary School’s new cook, Susan Harker, came in second place in a dessert competition at the Capital District Chapter of the New York School Nutrition Association Fall Dinner. Tamarac cafeteria staff recently attended the annual event to gather with their colleagues and stay up to date with school lunch requirements.
The requirement for the dessert competition was to include at least one commodity food in the recipe. Harker entered the competition with a Dr. Seuss themed dessert called Schlopp with a Cherry on Top. Her dessert came in 2nd place overall, and was voted the favorite by the kid judges. The recipe includes commodity items such as apple sauce, yogurt and cherries. It surprisingly also includes beets.
“I was very excited to place in the competition and glad that the kids voted it their favorite,” said Harker. “Nobody realized that beets were included in the recipe.”
Harker is currently enrolled at Schenectady Community College and will graduate as a certified chef with the American Culinary Federation. Prior to working at Tamarac, Harker owned a restaurant and culinary school called Bon Appetit: A School of Taste for All Ages which had students from ages four to adults.
Click here for the recipe…. Posted 1/21/14.
Congratulations to the December Students of the Month
Congratulations to Kendra Freer, Alexis Duncan, Jakob Fontaine, Vance Gardner, Katherine Champagne, Jacob Wienman, Halle Brust and Payton Hyra who were recognized as Students of the Month for December. The awards, which are read over the morning announcements, are part of the Middle School’s Character Education program to recognize students in front of their peers. “Kindness was the character education theme for December,” said Assistant Principal Chris Rockwell. “These students demonstrated many acts of kindness this month and we appreciate what they bring to our school community.” Posted 1/17/14.
Adiya Henderson Named Athlete of the Week in Troy Record
Senior Tamarac basketball player, Adiya Henderson, was named Athlete of the Week by the Troy Record. Click here to read the article.... Posted 1/16/14.
Students Celebrate Traditions
Seventh grade students in French and Spanish classes learned about the traditions of the Feast of Kings. The holiday commemorates the visit by the three wise men. Students in French 7 participated in a reader's theater and celebrated in the traditional way with a cake that has a bean hidden inside of it. The lucky person to find the bean is crowned king or queen for the day. Vive la reine! Posted 1/16/14.
Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD Currently Looking for Substitute Teachers
The Brunswick (Brittonkill) Central School District is currently looking for substitute teachers for all grades. To learn more and fill out an application please click here... Posted 1/14/14.
Girls' Varsity Basketball Player Featured in the Times Union
Tamarac girls’ varsity basketball player Adiya Henderson is featured in today’s Times Union. Click here to read the article… Posted 1/14/14.
Sophomore Class Donates Baked Goods to Local Shelter and YWCA
The Sophomore Class held a Harvest Baking Day and made a variety of desserts. About 20 sophomore students along with teachers and staff participated in the annual event. They donated the baked goods to the men, women and children of Joseph’s House and Shelter and the YWCA in Troy. The baked goodies were greatly appreciated by the shelter's guests and permanent housing tenants. Great job! Posted 1/9/14.
Boys' JV Basketball Team Makes Donation to the Unity House of Troy
The boys’ JV basketball team made a donation to the Unity House of Troy, a domestic violence shelter, for the Christmas holiday. The team visited Unity House with their parents and Coach Chuck Hunt and presented the shelter with a check to help purchase gifts for families in need. Well done! Posted 1/7/14.
Matt Wade Named New NYSSBA Area 7 Director
Congratulations to Matthew Wade, Brunswick (Brittonkill) School Board President, on winning the recent election for New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) Area 7 Director. Matt is a 2004 Tamarac High and Questar New Visions STEM graduate, and life-long resident of Brunswick. He graduated from the George Washington University in 2008 with a bachelor's in civil engineering and from RPI in 2009 with a master's in civil engineering. He is employed in the alternative energy field as a mechanical engineer. Wade was elected to the Brittonkill School Board in 2008 and reelected in 2011. He has served as Board President since 2011 and is Vice President of the Capital District School Boards Association (CAPSBA).
NYSSBA represents nearly 680 school boards and more than 5,000 school board members in New York. NYSSBA provides advocacy, training and information to school boards in support of their mission to govern the state's public schools. Posted 1/7/14.
Girls' Varsity Basketball Team Featured in Times Union Blog
The Tamarac girls’ varsity basketball team was featured in the Times Union blog “Sidelines.” Click here to read the blog… Posted 12/31/13.
Tamarac Boys' Varsity Basketball Team Helps Family In Need
The boys’ varsity basketball team adopted a family in need through the Unity Sunshine Program for the holidays. All of the players helped provide Christmas gifts for the family in need and spent part of their Saturday shopping for the gifts. It was a great team building experience and a great way to give back to the community. Well done! Posted 12/23/13.
SADD Students Donate Teddy Bears to Local Fire Department
Students from SADD raised money to buy teddy bears and donated them to the Battalion 2 fire departments. The Eagle Mills, Center Brunswick, Brunswick Company #1, Mountain View, Raymertown, Pittstown and Speigletown Fire Departments all received the donations. The teddy bears will be on each department's first response vehicles to give comfort to any child involved in an emergency. Great job! Posted 12/23/13.
A Message From Superintendent Dr. Angelina Bergin
Dear Brunswick Families,
On behalf of the Brunswick CSD family and the Board of Education, we wish you and your family the best in the New Year and hope you enjoy the winter break with your children.
During this time of giving and gratitude, I wish to extend my thanks to our school community. Your continued support of our schools and our students is appreciated. You have helped make this district a place where all students can be successful and explore their passions in a loving school community. Every day you send us your most precious gift and we thank you for the privilege of being a part of your child’s life.
Dr. Angelina Bergin
Winter Concert Audio is Now Available
Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the winter concerts. The audio is now available by clicking here. Posted 12/18/13.
Corporal Makes Surprise Homecoming at Tamarac Elementary
Katie and Kylie Gross will never forget the homecoming of their brother Corporal Matthew White as he surprised them during school today at Tamarac Elementary. Corporal Matthew White of the United States Marine Corp visited the school to surprise his sisters whom he has not seen in over a year. Click here to read more.... Posted 12/17/13.
First Quarter Honor Rolls Announced
The first quarter honor rolls for Tamarac Middle School and High School have been announced. Click here to see Tamarac Middle School Honor and High Honor Roll. Click here to see the Tamarac High School Honor Roll. Posted 12/17/13.
Students Participate in ImPACT Test for Concussion Safety
Students in grades 7, 9 and 11 are currently being administered the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) test. ImPACT's test is computerized and is being administered during students’ physical education class. The test provides a baseline report for each student. If a concussion is suspected, the baseline report will serve as a comparison to a repeat ImPACT test, which professionals can use to assess potential changes or damage caused by a concussion. Baseline tests are suggested every two years. Click here to read more.... Posted 12/17/13.
Fall Sports Teams Have a Successful Season
The fall sports season was filled with many accomplishments. Click here to learn more... Posted 12/11/13.
Four Fall Sports Teams Named Scholar Athlete Teams
The girls’ cross country, girls’ soccer, volleyball and football teams were all named as Scholar Athlete Teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. To receive the honor, each team had to earn a GPA of 90% or better for the quarter. Congratulations to the teams! Posted 12/11/13.
NJHS Organized Thanksgiving Baskets for Families in Need
Eighth graders from Tamarac’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) organized Thanksgiving baskets for Hope 7 Community Center's food pantry in Troy. The students collaborated with ninth grade NJHS students to provide the items needed to feed five families, including five turkeys. The students were excited about the project and were happy to send in the baskets! Posted 12/11/13.
Successful Lockdown Drill Held at Tamarac Elementary Today
Tamarac Elementary School held a successful lockdown drill today. Representatives from the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office, NYS State Troopers and Health and Safety officer Tim Levan observed the drill and gave complimentary reviews. The school will make minor changes to improve the effectiveness of the drill, but is pleased with the results they had today. Posted 12/10/13.
Congratulations to November Students of the Month
Congratulations to Katelynn Keeler, Skyyler Hemming, Maxon Ali, Michael Jacques, Ashley Mayfield, Alyssa Dalaba, Ryan Hayden, Thomas Thompson, Hailey Hansen and Luis Marmolejo who were recognized as Students of the Month for November. The awards, which are read over the morning announcements, are part of the Middle School’s Character Education program to recognize students in front of their peers. “Compassion was the character education theme for November,” said Assistant Principal Chris Rockwell. “These students did a great job of showing compassion and understanding its importance in daily life.” Posted 12/6/13.
Middle School Students Participate in Disability Awareness Presentation
Tamarac Middle School students participated in a disability awareness presentation about stuttering. Students heard from Pamela Mertz who spoke to them about growing up with a stutter and the obstacles she has overcome to be a confident adult with a stutter. Mertz’s fun and interactive presentation educated the students about stuttering, allowed them to ask questions and explained many false ideas people have about the disability. The students also participated in numerous hands-on activities that helped them understand what it might feel like to have a disability like stuttering. Click here to read more.... Posted 12/5/13.
Seventh Grade Students Learn About Solar Energy
Seventh graders at Tamarac Middle School attended a presentation led by Dr. David Borton, a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), to learn about solar energy. Dr. Kim Fortun and graduate students from RPI also assisted in the presentation and demonstrations. The three different demonstrations taught the students about solar cookers, Fresnal mirrors/lenses and photovoltaic solar panels. Click here to see photos... Posted 12/3/13.
Solar Panel Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Brunswick (Brittonkill) CSD celebrated the completion of the district wide solar panel project with a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 26. Superintendent Angelina Bergin welcomed the guests including Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, Brunswick Town Supervisor Phil Herrington, Board of Education members and staff from New York Light Energy and CSArch. Phil Herrington, a graduate of the school district, is pleased that the project will provide students with the opportunity to learn about solar energy and protecting the environment. “I love this school, I love this district and I believe that the completion of this project is a great move for 2013,” said Herrington. Click here to read more... Posted 12/3/13.